Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Contract awarded for Cooroy to Curra Section C

Media Release

WT036/2016

04 February 2016

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads
and Road Safety

CPB Contractors has been awarded the contract for the Cooroy to Curra Section C project which will see the Bruce Highway widened to four lanes between the Traveston interchange and the proposed Woondum interchange, south of Gympie.

Deputy Prime Minister , Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said the new four-lane highway will address safety and capacity issues on this section of the Bruce Highway.

“The Cooroy to Curra Section C project will improve safety and provide travel time savings for freight and passenger vehicles, as well as providing savings on infrastructure operating costs,” Mr Truss said.

“The improvements will also help minimise disruptions and road closures due to flooding.

“Section C is the third of four major Bruce Highway—Cooroy to Curra upgrade projects, with Section A from the Cooroy Southern interchange to Sankey's Road well underway, and Section B between Federal and Traveston completed in 2012.

“The Australian Government is also committed to progressing the Section D project on planning and design work for upgrading the section of the highway stretching from south of Keefton Road to Curra.

“Work on Section C is expected to start in coming weeks and to be completed by mid-2018, weather permitting.”

Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the assessment process for the Section C works contract focused on ensuring the successful tenderer had a strong record in delivering major infrastructure projects.

“Over the next few weeks CPB Contractors will establish equipment and staff at the construction site,” Mr Bailey said.

“The majority of work will occur off the highway and have minimal impacts on traffic flows.

“The Section C early works project, which involves safety upgrades on the existing highway between Woondum and Venardos Avenue, is progressing well and is expected to be complete by mid-2016 weather permitting.”

The $384.24 million Bruce Highway—Cooroy to Curra—Section C project is jointly funded with the Australian Government providing up to $307.4 million and the Queensland Government $76.84 million.